“Sexual Assault Is An Affront To Our Basic Decency And Humanity.”


President Barack Obama speaks during an event for the Council on Women and Girls the White House













President Barack Obama signs a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes during an event for the Council on Women and Girls





President Barack Obama meet with select Cabinet Secretaries of the Council on Women and Girls in the Oval Office. From left are Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder.

122 Responses to ““Sexual Assault Is An Affront To Our Basic Decency And Humanity.””

  1. 4 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you, Mr President. For respecting women. I’ll bring over a “compare and contrast”…. that will make what he states here all the more stark.

  2. 5 vcprezofan2
    January 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Wooot, tonight’s TOD stars, Magapie, MP and Desertf are lined up one behind the other at the entrance!

  3. 8 MightyPamela
    January 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Just have a few minutes to say Hi – busy day and meetings tonight. Would like to hear everyone in the Winter Areas are coping, at least managing. Thinking of you all.

    • 9 Lynn
      January 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Good to see you MightyPamela. Hope your knee is better. Downsizing must have been tough, but I’m sure you found treasures you forgot you had.

      We woke up to 26 below zero here in central NY. The water pipes in the kitchen were trying to freeze in the worst way, but we fought ’em to a stand still.

      Sending you a virtual crystal to hang in your favorite window.

      • 10 Roberta in Mn
        January 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        Feel your pain Lynn, we had -14 below this morning wind chill -27. It’s now -4 going to -12 below with wind chills to -35. This has been one nasty winter. Stay warm.

      • 11 MightyPamela
        January 23, 2014 at 12:47 am

        Just home from my meeting – thank you for the update, Lynn, tho hopefully you are sleeping soundly as I type!

  4. 12 desertflower
    January 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Ready? Compare the words and sentiments of President Obama:

    We’ve got to keep teaching young men in particular to show women the respect they deserve and to recognize sexual violence and be outraged by it, and to do their part to stop it from happening in the first place. During our discussion earlier today, we talked about I want every young man in America to feel some strong peer pressure in terms of how they are supposed to behave and treat women. And that starts before they get to college.

    So those of us who are fathers have an obligation to transmit that information. But we can do more to make sure that every young man out there — whether they’re in junior high or high school or college or beyond — understand what’s expected of them and what it means to be a man, and to intervene if they see somebody else acting inappropriately. We’re going to need to encourage young people, men and women, to realize that sexual assault is simply unacceptable. And they’re going to have to summon the bravery to stand up and say so, especially when the social pressure to keep quiet or to go along can be very intense.

    And contrast with the words and sentiments of Rep Steve Pierce(Misogynist Shitforbrains- MN) :

    “The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice,” he writes, citing the Bible. “The husband’s part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else.” […]

    “The wife’s submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband,” he writes.

    Yes, I actually do need to heave right now. This is who they are. When they show you, believe them.

    Here ends our lesson on who respects women for real.

    • 13 desertflower
      January 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Correction. Steve Pierce is the Shitforbrains from New Mexico not the one from MN…we all know who SHE is!

      • January 22, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Pierce is a steamin’ pile representin’ gawdfersaken Little Texas part of NM.

        • 15 jackiegrumbacher
          January 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

          Magpie, I guess that means there’s no one who will challenge him in his district, doesn’t it? There are no women who live there or they’re all brainwashed. Sometimes the stupidity makes you want to tear your hair. And someone married this scumbag.

          • 16 vcprezofan2
            January 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

            And someone married this scumbag.

            I mightn’t have used that word, but this is exactly what puzzles me each and every time! I simply cannot wrap my head around women marrying men who hold such extreme views. I really do question their (lack of) self-respect, their brain power and their decision making skills.

            • 17 jackiegrumbacher
              January 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

              VC, you’re right, I shouldn’t have said “scumbag.” I should have said “brainless, pompous, self-righteous, misogynist ass.” Now I feel better.

              • January 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm


                How about “brainless, pompous, self-righteous, misogynist scumbag ass”?

                That works for me.

                • 19 catrst
                  January 23, 2014 at 3:44 am

                  Its worse. I had a local woman in Indiana tell be her biblical beliefs are that a woman should never be in a position of authority over a man. So we can’t be an officer in an organization, be a supervisor, an executive, a project manager, a minister, a legislator, a judge, an officer in the military, and the list goes on, if there are men involved. These insane people are running all branches of our state’s government now.

              • 20 vcprezofan2
                January 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

                😆 😆 Me too, though I was not criticizing *your* previous choice of words, I do like these ones . 😆

              • 21 Nerdy Wonka
                January 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

                Bravo, Jackie!

        • January 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

          Aw, aren’t you being a bit harsh on NM 2nd Congressional district?

          His district encompasses the entire southern part of your state, so his CD includes Silver City and Gallup to the west. Native Americans should not vote for any Republican — GOP are exactly the type that traded blankets infested with small pox with their “friends” and rounded up those who survived that scourge to the reservations in Oklahoma.

          The great mix of cultures in NM need to get together and realize that GOP don’t have their best interests at heart. One of the reasons I truly hope a movie of Gabby Giffords life (before the Tucson massacre) is made that the casting directors would need to search high and low for people of color to fulfill roles in the movie and it could highlight the rich heritage of the Native Americans in the four corners area of the US.

      • 23 Roberta in Mn
        January 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        I can attest to that? She adheres to her husband in all things. Ya Right. 🙂

  5. 24 vcprezofan2
    January 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    NerdyW, having a weird sense of humour, I found it endearingly funny how you (unconsciously?) lined up the first 6 or so pics. There’d be PBO on the right (at the mike) seeming to make his point calmly, then VPJoe’s turn, and he’s being quite passionate. Back to PBO – calm; back to VPJoe – intense, etc. 😀 😀

  6. January 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much Nerdy, a wonderful post – I love these two men, intensely!

  7. 26 LDS
    January 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Me, too.
    What a great to be a born…to be a WOMAN!
    The heart of these two men makes me real proud.

    Please proceed, Mr. President. Mr. Vice President.

  8. January 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Congrats on first, Magapie!

    Where is everybody? Is something good on TV tonight? Would think that the cold weather in the midwest might prompt people to sit at their computers with a hot drink, but I guess not.

    Got zero comments on this on the previous thread, so trying again (with an additional tweet):

    For 57F:

    Wasn’t able to comment on LL’s helpful insight on metadata thread, but agree with you completely.

    I’ve mentioned before here that emoPutins and Snowdenwald cultists think of themselves action superheroes (comic superheroes seem to be overwhelmingly young white males). They consider themselves cyber avengers and are such narcissists that they truly believe that someone cares if his Mom/GF/BF/roommate wants him to pick up some milk on the way home.

    As for Charlie Pierce, it seems he’s abandoned all common sense. Anyone with half a brain knows that there are tradeoffs for being on the web. (Reason 4,876,220,982 that I’m grateful to TOD – no annoying pop-up ads follow me from site to site.)

    “Do no evil” Google is the company to watch:

    Which reminds me of this article that amk posted a few days ago.

    • January 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      HF2 says it’s all over for Snowden if these poll numbers are correct (from previous thread):

      • 29 Lynn
        January 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        What frosts my poptarts, Arapaho, is WHY didn’t snowden just cuddle up to Issa if the intent was to bring down the NSA and ‘protect’ our FREEDOMs?

  9. 32 anniebella
    January 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Who is POTUS speech writer or writers?

  10. January 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    And for those who can’t get enough of Christie bridge-gate.

    Looks like his numbers started tanking in Dec (after his sarcasm press conference answer that he was placing the cones to block Fort Lee traffic?):

  11. 36 jacquelineoboomer
    January 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    May I say I LOVE this post, NW, which shows how very much Pres. Obama, VP Joe, and SECDEF Hagel are “in their element,” talking about women with women – in fact, surrounded by women – and the men who support ’em.

    My kind of people!

    • 37 carolyn
      January 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Yes, these men obviously love, respect, support, admire the women in their lives…….it shows, really shows. I think there are some men who don’t realize this at all. We know how they think of us by their stance on these issues, and how they respond to women.

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      January 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Yep, JOB,they don’t “talk” about equality or act like they’re “granting” it to women or have learned something in sensitivity training, they live it everyday and are deeply comfortable with and around women. In my book, that makes them the strongest and most manly of men. If you have to “prove” your manhood by thinking you are better, stronger, more this or more that than a woman, you are a very weak man.

  12. 42 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    wednesday’s winning stratergies

    1. Lose to the last placed side in your own league.

    2. Immediately spend 37 million pounds on a player whose ass left a mark on the bench.

  13. 46 vcprezofan2
    January 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Yes, I know the Remnick article was shared here a couple of days or so ago, but I still encourage you to go read this post in its entirety.

    “Understanding President Obama”
    I’ve spent a lot of time over the last six years observing President Obama and trying to understand him. From a personal standpoint, that’s because I find him to be a fascinating human being. But from a political standpoint, I also think that he is a unique figure in our history. We have the benefit of living that history in the present moment rather than reading about it in books. It has been my passion to take it all in and try to understand what is happening.

    Many people have commented that Barack Obama became a blank screen onto which people projected their own desires and fears. In watching the coverage of his presidency, I find that to be true. It has been frustrating to watch people simply put him into a pre-fabricated box of their own making rather than listen to what he says and watch what he does. On the extreme right, he has become the socialist demon and on the extreme left the corporate tool. That’s what they expected and that’s what they see. Every word uttered and every action taken is twisted in order to fit the mold. But those caricatures rarely bear any resemblance to the actual man who is our President. And so, whether you agree with him or not, disabusing ourselves of those projections and being open to who he actually is allows us to see the reality at play in this historical moment.

    On a couple of occasions, journalists have attempted to approach President Obama with that kind of openness and given us a glimpse into the man they see. Such was the case when Michael Lewis was given extraordinary access and produced the article titled Obama’s Way. Recently, David Remnick (author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama – which I recommend that everyone read) gave us another look. I’d like to take a few minutes to cull what I see as significant insights from that article.



    • 47 carolyn
      January 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Jim Stuart’s New Blog had a wonderful post on Remnick’s article yesterday, entitled Presiden Obama: A Transformational Leader. He lists four ways in which the President has transformed, is transforming the country, and he gives evidence to support his theses.
      I loved his analysis of the article…….he talks about the “space” the president works in, mental, emotional…..and how he wants the people to have “space” to think in too.
      It is a different approach, one that really appealed to me. Thoughtful, rational, heartfelt. I read the entire essay to my husband, and then he asked me to get it on his computer so he could send it to friends, which he did.
      I heartily recommend it. I also love the title of the blog: “Looking at the World with Clear and Quiet Eyes”.

      • January 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm

        Thanks a million Carolyn, spookily enough I was just throwing a few bits in to tomorrow’s Rise and Shine and included Jim’s post, great minds and all that!!

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        January 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        Oh, Jim is back! 😎 Thanks Carolyn. When he hadn’t updated for a bit last times I checked, I figured he was on vacation. I’ll head over later, or early tomorrow. Am feeling too lazy to walk over there right now.

  14. 50 99ts
    January 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Hello evening folks – I just survived my trip to the dentist – which always amazes me – but coming home to this thread was interesting as while waiting I read a magazine as to why there is much more peace in current times – than there ever was in past times – back to the times of the Pharaohs and the Roman Empire and whenever. Included in the current times is the 20th and 21st centuries. The 20th century had the lowest level of civilians killed in wars than any previous time ever – proof/statistics given and explained. From post WWII until current times even moreso.

    One reason given was the bringing together of waring tribes by centralist governments – imagine that – big government is good! but another major reason was the forward march to get rid of discrimination against people because of race, sex, sexual orientation.

    I thought it interesting that religion didn’t get a mention in the march towards peace. I think the magazine was a couple of years old – mainly scientific in style & probably Australian. I’d never seen it before & have already forgotten the name. My dentist has a weird collection of magazines.

    It is more than obvious that President Obama well knows history and understands what is good for our world and his country.

    • 51 amk for obama
      January 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      My dentist has a weird collection of magazines.

      whose doesn’t?

      • 52 99ts
        January 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        Not even any “women’s magazines, entertainment, fashion” – equality of the sexes moved into my dentist’s magazine source.

    • 53 pickle48
      January 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      I “got” my husband, a dentist, out of the Yellow Pages when I had an a abscessed tooth. Not that I was looking for a husband! As a child of the ’50’s (well, 1948), I had a phobia of dentists….

      • 54 99ts
        January 22, 2014 at 11:22 pm

        As an original boomer – I was lucky to have a wonderful dentist – friend of family. We lived 20 miles from the town/school – so a visit to the dentist was an hour out of school – and he gave us sweets!! not at all correct thing for dentists to do.

        I fell apart when I left home – 30 years later I realized how stupid I was – been survival techniques ever since.

        I luv your story – great way to end a trip to the dentist 🙂

  15. 55 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  16. 56 99ts
    January 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    What goes in West Virginia – just saw the last few minutes of Rachel – this should be front page news on every paper in the nation. The governor basically abdicated on Monday – the company is bankrupt and utterly unbelievable – except it happened.

  17. January 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    This is a really positive article about the economy. This is a conference of mayors across the US and it sounds like they work together much better than high level politicians. I find that interesting and encouraging.

    WASHINGTON — Cities throughout the nation will begin to see real economic growth in 2014 after years of struggling through the recession, Mesa, Ariz., Mayor Scott Smith said Wednesday as he kicked off the annual winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

    “The tone of this conference is much different than the funeral wake we experienced in years past,” Smith, who is president of the mayors’ group, said at a news conference near the White House. “2014 could be a watermark.”

    Smith and the other mayors released a report showing that 356 of the nation’s 363 metro areas are projected to experience true, inflation-adjusted economic growth this year. Just last year, 97 percent of those metro areas had declining economies…..

  18. 58 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  19. January 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    This isn’t newsworthy, just funny. And…french kiss? Wait just a minute!!! Shouldn’t there be a naughty mat involved here somewhere?


    A French news radio station found a novel way to seek an interview with President Obama.

    It took out a newspaper ad.

    In the ad published Tuesday in The Washington Post, Europe 1 said:

    “Dear Mr. President, we know that you have already tried: French fries, french boxing, french toast, french kiss. How about trying an interview with a French radio station that does not compromise with the news?”…

  20. 60 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

  21. 62 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

  22. 63 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  23. January 22, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    This is a really nice article, very easy to understand all of the different variables.

  24. January 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm


    I missed my chance above to weigh in on: “brainless, pompous, self-righteous, misogynist scumbag ass” With my usual: Sacks of festering weasel rectums.

  25. 68 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

  26. January 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    This is from Jan. 17, but I don’t remember seeing it here

    More people are quitting their jobs, and there are more open jobs than any time since 2008, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), showed that in November, the number of quits increased from 2.38 million to 2.4 million, and the number of job openings rose slightly from 3.9 million to 4 million…..

  27. January 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Cheyenne, Wyoming in the news tonight:

    “A large portion of China’s 500 million Internet users were unable to load websites ending in .com, .net or .org for nearly eight hours in most regions of China, according to Compuware, a Detroit-based technology company.”

  28. January 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Just how much of a jerk is the DC beltway’s go-to professor?

    How can he possibly say that McDonnell can get off from the bribery charges listed in great detail by the prosecutors by saying, this is just like Obama/Kaine?

    Don’t know about Kaine, but what in heck has PBO ever taken as a bribe? I know there was that Chicago side lot controversy – Tony Rezko, but come on — really?

    I dislike almost all pundits and their tools at this point.

    • 73 carolyn
      January 22, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      He needs to listen to Rachel’s program tonight and her analysis. This Sabato…..whoever he is, didn’t even get what was happening, if that was his analysis.
      Rachel knows this case, and has followed it longer and better than anyone has. In fact, I think she should get some credit for it being brought to the public’s attention. She outlined what his defense is going to be, and it is weak, and not accurate. I was half listening as I read for a class, but she’s usually right on.

      • 74 Obama Grandmama
        January 23, 2014 at 2:05 am

        Lawrence had a couple people on that acted like the Mayor of Hoboken had nothing on Christie. Lawrence finally spoke up to one of them then that guy started to be more realistic.

  29. January 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    This is relaxed!!

    I used to live in Northern Virginia and saw the pandas at the National Zoo. They had a female and a male, both “teenagers”. He was randy and the female kept climbing trees to get away from him. The guide was trying to explain to the kids that she climbed the tree because he was pesky. Adults sniggered and looked at each other. I wonder what they say if they try to mate in public? Just being friendly? It did take my breath away to see them lumbering alonng on the branches, laying anyway they wanted, rolling over, lifting a leg to groom. Yikes!

    • January 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Hey! That’s how I fall asleep! Silly panda bear.

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      January 23, 2014 at 1:06 am

      When my son was in the second grade, I chaperoned a school trip to the Philadelphia Zoo with some other mothers. A couple of creatures were mating right there before us. The moms were wondering how to handle the questions a bunch of kids might ask as a group – when one kid went ahead and asked another, “What are they doing?” and the other kid answered, “Dancing.”

      We moms were then “Smiling.”

  30. January 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Usually the insurance for part-timers is piecemeal and too expensive to buy. If it is available, some states won’t let them get medicaide. Thank goodness for ObamaCare!

    ….The announcement was quickly picked up by conservative outlets as proof that the health law is giving workers short shrift. To the contrary, these part-time workers will most likely be better off under Obamacare plans, and Target’s decision to shift the employees into the marketplaces is definitive proof that the health law is doing exactly what it’s intended to do.

    It’s important not to conflate Target’s move — one that some other companies like Trader Joe’s have also made — with the actions of some big-name employers who are using Obamacare as a convenient excuse to slash their workers’ hours. Target will continue offering insurance to those who work for 30 hours or more per week, the threshold Obamacare sets for large employers with 50 or more employees. The company won’t be cutting anyone’s work week in order to save on its bottom line, will employ consultants to help workers sign up for new health plans, and will give them a one-time cash payment of $500 to help with the cost…..

  31. 79 99ts
    January 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    If nothing else the McConnell charges have generated discussion on “politicians spend their lives mixing with rich people”

    Which in itself is disgusting. President Obama shows that you don’t have to be rich to visit the white house – you don’t have to be rich to speak with the President – or have him read your letters. It’s time that politicians started to mix with the people who vote for them – rather than the ones who give them money for access. Pfffft

  32. 81 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Li Na beats teenager Bouchard and goes to finals.

  33. January 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    This probably isn’t a good idea.

    Spent 30 minutes on the phone with Time Warner trying to get my wifi more stable. Was escalated to tier 3 support. The tech showed me how to log into the modem so that I could futz with the wireless settings. Wheeeee…..

  34. 83 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    • January 22, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Wow, there’s some serious evil ju-ju running through that family tree. Poor tree. it may be well-trimmed and ornamental but it’s dying from the inside. Sad, didn’t have to be that way…

  35. January 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    just wonderin’ just how one changes one’s avatar. help?

  36. January 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Official SOTU page w/video and all kinds of info and chance to be a part of it through facebook and twitter! What fun!!!!

    Another link to a blog post that tells us how we can participate

  37. 89 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

  38. 90 globalcitizenlinda
    January 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I can’t understand how some women chose republican candidates who were running against this VPOTUS and POTUS

  39. 91 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 11:55 pm

  40. 92 amk for obama
    January 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm

  41. 93 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

  42. 95 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 12:07 am

  43. 96 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 12:18 am

  44. 97 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 12:20 am

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      January 23, 2014 at 12:44 am

      This is where the profiles in courage are separated from the others. If his friends and cohorts were actively involved on the “giving” side, they’ll either lie like rugs or ask for immunity, unless they step up like the Hoboken Mayor did on the “receiving” end. Won’t be long, now, I’m hoping.

  45. January 23, 2014 at 12:33 am

    O/T, but did anyone find and post the guest list for FLOTUS’ Birthday Bash? Have any secret pics come out? I loved reading about it- would have.done.any.thing.to.get.in. Alas, it was all a dream. No doubt if I had heard President Obama’s toast to Michelle, I belive I would have had to be carried out- not the look I was going for, sooo, all’s good, then.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      January 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

      Love how ya worked that all out for yourself, Kathleen! Sorry but I personally did not see the guest list or any pics. 🙂

      • January 23, 2014 at 12:57 am

        Yep, it’s best I don’t find any info… No doubt the next 3 or so hours would be spent day-dreaming. And, well, what self-respecting TOD’er has that kind of time between Rise & Shine and Late NIght music. This is what they call character building, so there’s that.

  46. 104 MightyPamela
    January 23, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Just home from my meeting – thank you for the update, Lynn, tho hopefully you are sleeping soundly as I type!

  47. January 23, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Will have more on this theme in the coming days ….

    Without any doubt, the Kochs and the other plutocrats and their GOP minions have absolutely ZERO chance of prevailing against what I consider the most formidable force for change, hope and humanity ….. details to follow 🙂

    Yes We Can

  48. 106 MightyPamela
    January 23, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Night y’all!

  49. 108 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 1:19 am

  50. 109 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Cibulkova beats Radwanska and goes to finals.

    Li Na is the only top seed in women’s finals in this year of upsets.

    • 110 99ts
      January 23, 2014 at 1:37 am

      I blame Obama

      • 111 amk for obama
        January 23, 2014 at 1:39 am

        Yeah, me too? It’s about time the kenyan muslin is blamed for something. I mean, look at all those passes he got.

        • 112 99ts
          January 23, 2014 at 1:55 am

          Also about time the press attacked him for something – giving him all those passes while poor Gov Christie and Gov McConnell can’t get away with anything.

          Also, too – I’m rather pleased to be staying away from Sochi – much could happen there for which the GOP will no doubt blame PBO.

  51. 113 99ts
    January 23, 2014 at 1:36 am

    This is the time I miss Dudette – late afternoon – before time for the evening chores is when I listen to her music.

  52. 114 No Child Left Behind
    January 23, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Good night good people of TODVille.

  53. 116 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 5:28 am

    The parliament of Morocco has unanimously amended an article of the penal code that allowed rapists of underage girls to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.

    The move follows intensive lobbying by activists for better protection of young rape victims. The amendment has been welcomed by rights groups.

    Article 475 of the penal code generated unprecedented public criticism.

    It was first proposed by Morocco’s Islamist-led government a year ago.

    But the issue came to public prominence in 2012 when 16-year-old Amina Filali killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist.

    While welcoming the move, rights groups say that much still needs to be done to promote gender equality, protect women and outlaw child marriage in the North African country.


    Even mullahs are evolving while the teahadists want to go back to barbarism.

  54. 117 99ts
    January 23, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Worst tennis of the championship – I’m not into boring – but this is boring

  55. 118 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

  56. 119 amk for obama
    January 23, 2014 at 5:41 am

  57. 121 vcprezofan2
    January 23, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Good Morning……I hope! 😀

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