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  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

    It’s Now the Canadian Dream

    By Nicholas Kristof


    Yet today the American dream has derailed, partly because of growing inequality. Or maybe the American dream has just swapped citizenship, for now it is more likely to be found in Canada or Europe — and a central issue in this year’s political campaigns should be how to repatriate it.
    “Equality of opportunity — the ‘American dream’ — has always been a cherished American ideal,” Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel-winning economist at Columbia University, noted in a recent speech. “But data now show that this is a myth: America has become the advanced country not only with the highest level of inequality, but one of those with the least equality of opportunity.”



    • 2 africa
      May 21, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Congrats on 1st Ladyhawke

      Happy Wednesday TODers

      Hiya Chps!!!!

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Morning, LH. The blame for that derailment of the American dream rests squarely on the shoulders of Republican presidents and Congresses who let the rich get richer and spent years hacking away at societal supports for the poor and opportunities for the middle class. That’s the point we have to drive home this November. The president and the Democratic Congress have been the lone fighters against this ugly trend.

    • May 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Congrats on first and thank you for this article. Years of believing Reaganomics despite the data and lived experience have really taken a toll.

    • May 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Morning Ladyhawke, morning everyone!

  2. 8 africa
    May 21, 2014 at 7:38 am

    One more time Hiya CHIPS!!

  3. 10 africa
    May 21, 2014 at 7:38 am

    • 11 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

      This is great news, Africa. Their parents must be so proud. I hope this team goes very far in life.

  4. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    May 21, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Good morning to all on this soggy day in May. Yesterday’s PA election results are still dribbling in and write-in candidates won’t be confirmed until Friday, but it looks from a preliminary count that the candidate we all worked so hard for has tallied enough votes to run for the PA State House. Democrats in this red county rallied together to achieve this goal, showing how much can be accomplished when people work at it. Statewide the Dem candidates for governor collectively got 836,813 votes, compared to 368, 813 votes for Corbett. Our winner Wolf, topped Corbett by over 100,000 and that was in a crowded field. Now we’ve got to get even more D’s out in November and rid this state of the pestilence of a this nasty, incompetent governor.

    • 13 Vicki
      May 21, 2014 at 8:33 am

      It’s looking good, jackie, for replacing Corbett. Congratulations!
      Tom Wolf seems to be a terrific candidate for the Democratic party. Strong on labor relations, for example.

      PA demonstrated the already familiar meh effect of bill c*****n. Both the close-to-the-c*****ns candiates lost.
      AOL’s fron page yesterday had pix and headlines about how important last night was to the c*****ns. Will check to see if there is a follow-up today. just kidding.

      • 14 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

        Vicki–All the endorsements in the world can’t help a candidate who isn’t liked. Margolis just didn’t click with voters and neither the Clintons nor the Angel Gabriel was going to change that.

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Democrats in this red county rallied together to achieve this goal, showing how much can be accomplished when people work at it.


      a lot of money will be thrown…into the Corbett coffers…unless the Koch Bros and their allies…concede that Corbett is a lost cause…(there have been reports that the GOP were none too pleased with Corbett)……hoping that Dems…start a massive Voter Registration drive…using the issues of raising the PA state Minimum Wage ( a ballot question re: raising the the Minimum Wage for workers of City Contractors and sub contractors passed here in the City)…expanding Medicaid….to name two biggies…..

      We Can do this!!!!!….

      Moving Forward Together!!!…this was a slogan of my State Rep..Kinsey who beat his primary challenger…smilin!!

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

        Pf, Corbett support in Pa is very weak, although you’re right about the bundles of money he’ll receive, especially from the fracking companies, and we still have that two-term bugaboo to overcome, but Wolf is a VERY strong candidate and his style “fits” Pa. Plus, he’s going to have a lot of money to work with on his own. I think people are going to feel comfortable with him and that he, more than any of his Dem opponents, will draw crossover votes. I hope you’re happy with the PA results.

        • May 21, 2014 at 9:50 am


          I am very happy that Wolf….won….

          my state senator…Washington….. had been indicted for mishandling of funds….i was so worried that she would be re-elected….but she wasn’t….Whooo hooo….Haywood…my choice was elected in tead….however she was able to get 13,000 votes…:-(….

          i like you…feel good about Wolf’s chances to beat Corbett….

          Moving Forward Together>>>>>>>

        • 19 Vicki
          May 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

          I just watched the Boyle ad on a previous thread. He is terrific!!! Just what the Dems need—-fresh young progressive candidates.

  5. 20 africa
    May 21, 2014 at 7:52 am

  6. 21 africa
    May 21, 2014 at 7:52 am

  7. 22 africa
    May 21, 2014 at 7:53 am

    • 23 99ts
      May 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

      I’m not sure – but it appears this is just the GOP house proposed bill – hard to imagine it getting through the senate without amendment – not to mention the President’s signature.

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

        99ts, I don’t think it can get through the Senate and won’t get signed by the WH. But it should be used by Dems as a demonstration of the heartlessness of the GOP. Republicans rely on racist tactics appealing to their base, but the world is bigger than their base and we can make a lot of noise.

    • 25 Ladyhawke
      May 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Getting Retirees To “Look Down On” the Disabled


      So with people on disability “looking down” on food stamp beneficiaries, and retirees looking down on the disabled, wonder who will be asked to “look down” on the retirees? If at some point Republicans stop counting on them as part of their electoral base, I’d guess the answer would be all those working-age “makers” resentful of “takers.” Everybody gets a turn to be the next “welfare queens.”



      • 26 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Well, LH, that “looking down” on retirees might work if working people didn’t have mothers, fatherss or grandparents. Eventually you run out of people who can “look down” and all you’re left with is the Koch Brother and the Walmart heirs.

  8. May 21, 2014 at 7:56 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! 🙂 Congrats Ladyhawke on #1 and happy Wednesday everyone!

  9. 32 africa
    May 21, 2014 at 8:12 am

    GOPers are just darn crooks.

  10. 34 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

  11. 35 amk for obama
    May 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Heh bt, you should totally buy this m$’s latest laptab / tablap and lemme know how it is.


  12. 41 amk for obama
    May 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

  13. 42 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I see very little in the MSM this morning about last night’s primary election Tuesday. I have a feeling I know why. All this talk about Dems being unenthusiastic and not showing up is bunk. Dems showed up to their primaries and outnumbered the GOP by far. Things are not looking good for the GOP so much so that the media is latching on to McConnell’s win in KY as if their lives depended on it. They are spinning it into the most convoluted, far-fetched narrative about McConnell’s “mastery” of politics…a conservative winning a primary in a deep red state gets the media excited – that’s how bad things are for the GOP…

    Meanwhile, they can no longer claim that HRC as the returned star of the Dem Party as they’ve been itching to do these past few months and weeks. That defeat of Chelsea’s MIL was embarrassing by ~30pts…and basically reinforces much of what we have said here – that the Clintons are not popular outside of the DLC and beltway media.

    Finally, we see that the DSCC has out-raised the NRCC – and PBO is one of the main reasons for this. No wonder Chuck Todd is now ready to talk about the VA, with all his “due” concern about the veterans….

    • May 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

      We have to be our own reporters because what passes for news now is mostly just GOP/Corporate spin. Makes me dizzy.

      • 44 hopefruit2
        May 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

        Yes, and their corporate spin is very targeted and agenda-driven. It’s ultimately harmful to ordinary American citizens and we need to push back promptly and aggressively.

    • 45 Vicki
      May 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Good morning hopefruit.
      We are on the same wavelength here.
      Please see my remarks to jackieg above re: PA.

      The NY Times has a front page and an interior page photo of Mitch McConnell and his win. No numbers given because the info that Alison Lundergan Grimes pulled in significantly more votes is news the Times wants to suppress.
      Therre was virtually NO election coverage in The Times today. That is how you know the Democrats are doing very well!!!!!!

      Instead, on the front page is the VA story.

      C*****ns lose most of the races they involve themselves in. Eric Garcetti’s opponent for LA Mayor, for example.
      Terry McAuliffe was struggling with just c*****n support. Then, in came FLOTUS, VPOTUS and POTUS and Terry is Governor of VA.

      • 46 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2014 at 9:31 am

        Vicki, Grimes did a terrific job and should have grabbed all the headlines this morning, as should some of the other wins by Dems. More Dems came out in a PRIMARY, when we’re supposed to have low enthusiasm and not much interest in politics, than the supposedly “oh so enthusiastic” R’s. The interesting thing is that all of the Dem wins were accomplished against the media headwinds. Maybe people are catching on to either ignoring the so called “news” or recognizing that whatever the media says, they should believe the opposite.

        • 47 Vicki
          May 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

          Yes. This is a replay of the NYC Mayoral elections. All Chris Quinn all the time in the Media.
          Election results: de Blasio 40+% for the win Quinn 15%

    • 48 99ts
      May 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Thought I’d take a look at Chuck – what is his take on the elections?

      “GOP establishment wins” – and now he’s interviewing someone who is talking about the GOP winning in November

      • 49 hopefruit2
        May 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

        Yeah…my point that they are latching on to McConnell’s “win” as if their lives depended on it…LOL!

        • May 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

          They are desperate to prove that there is a difference between the tea party and the “establishment” Republicans even though it is almost impossible to find a difference between them when it comes to how they vote. It seems to me like the only difference is that tea party republicans may actually say crazy things out loud and not just behind closed doors while establishment republicans only say their crazy things when they think it is private (47% of Americans feel entitled to food!) and only with other members of the establishment.

          • May 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

            Just thought of another big example. Akins talked about “legitimate rape” in public, on the teevee even. Ryan wrote legislation based on the concept and the bogus medical justifications for it. Ryan is an establishment Republican–but exactly what is the difference?

        • 52 99ts
          May 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

          And Chuck just said to a winning dem in Pa – “How will you do anything as you will be the minority in Congress” – and the dem didn’t come back at him on that!!!!! He sprouted b.s. about bipartisan legislation – this guy doesn’t know the DC GOP – and he needs to call out little Chuck.

          • 53 hopefruit2
            May 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

            Do you know the Dem’s name? Does that Dem have a Twitter account?

            • 54 99ts
              May 21, 2014 at 9:39 am

              No, sorry – he is a member of the state house and won a congress primary – I had tuned out & then heard this part of the discussion.

              • 55 hopefruit2
                May 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

                I guess maybe Chuck was referring to “minority” in the PA state legislature and not the Senate.

                • 56 99ts
                  May 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

                  No – he meant the House in Congress – I should have said – it wasn’t the Senate. The dem was explaining what has happened in the Pa legislature & how he can take that to DC.

                  Anyhow – Chuck is full of it today – one of his tweets says “last night was a night of GOP primaries” – I thought both parties had primaries – or did I miss something?

                  • 57 hopefruit2
                    May 21, 2014 at 9:55 am

                    Yes – okay, it makes sense now. And yes, Chuckles is full of it – he seems unhinged this entire week, very unhinged. Things are not going well for the GOP, and perhaps his job is at stake if they don’t win the Senate this November.

                    • 58 99ts
                      May 21, 2014 at 10:02 am

                      I had to turn off when he said McConnell would win – because coal – all of MSNBC excepting Rachel should go – then their ratings might improve

                    • 59 hopefruit2
                      May 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

                      To be honest, MSNBC doesn’t care about ratings – they care about putting and keeping Republican-type candidates in political power.

                    • 60 99ts
                      May 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

                      Thanks for your posts hf – past my bedtime – enjoy your day – my tomorrow is busy so I’d best get some shuteye.

                    • 61 Vicki
                      May 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

                      Right, hopefruit and 99 MSNBC is the democratic broadcasting branch of the GOP

  14. 62 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

    There’s no GOP establishment/Tea Party divide, and there never has been

    BY Paul Waldman


    The reality, however, is that there was never any significant ideological divide between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party. The establishment just understands better than it did in 2010 or 2012 the dangers the Tea Party presents and how to handle them.
    The rallying cry of establishment Republicans since 2012 has been “No more Akins,” referring to Todd Akin, the Missouri congressman who lost a Senate race in 2012 after his infamous “legitimate rape” comment. The problem with Akin and other recent failed candidates like Richard Mourdock and Sharron Angle wasn’t that they had extreme positions on issues that the Republican establishment disagreed with. It was that they were idiots — poor campaigners who inevitably said stupid things that generated media frenzies.



  15. 63 a4alice
    May 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

    morning TOD. I have the day off and it’s beautiful here. so off to the garden I go – check back in later.

  16. 65 amk for obama
    May 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

    China and Russia sign huge gas deal.


    chinese got basement bargain prices. putin boy is desperate.

  17. 66 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

    The media is soooo threatened by the increasing possibility of McConnell losing his long-held seat this November – that they are trying to fracture the Dem base by using Grimes as a weapon against Pres Obama. It’s not going to work. Now that Grimes has won the Dem primary in KY, whatever she needs to do to get McConnell out and help Harry Reid retain his Leadership in the Senate will be fine with me.

  18. 73 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Crickets from the media on this…

  19. May 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

    to pick up your Wednesday:

  20. 76 amk for obama
    May 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

  21. 77 amk for obama
    May 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Yet another boko haram mass murder today, on top of the gruesome bombings yesterday and the kidnapping of the girls.


    goodluck jonathan seems to be corrupt as well as incompetent.

  22. 79 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 11m

    remember, Obama is exciting the GOP base and keeping Dem voters home…except in KY where, y’know. THE


  23. 80 GGAIL
    May 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I missed Dannystix post last night. Poor baby, that toy was truly evil. I hope you’ve got your head back!

    Love this random pic this morning, thanks Chips!!

  24. 83 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

    No weapon formed against this President shall prosper. Hey Dinesh, how is that “2016” movie that you made to hurt PBO in the 2012 elections working out for ya?!?!?

  25. May 21, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Josh Marshall – May 20, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

    I’m not sure why this isn’t a bigger deal. I hadn’t heard about it other than in this brief passage tucked away in a Politico article about the House GOP agriculture bill. But it takes a small program intended provide meals to children in the school lunch program during the summer months and says it can now only be used to benefit kids in “rural areas”.

    In other words, “urban” kids are now out of luck.

    Here’s the passage in question ..

    And in a surprising twist, the bill language specifies that only rural areas are to benefit in the future from funding requested by the administration this year to continue a modest summer demonstration program to help children from low-income households — both urban and rural — during those months when school meals are not available.

    Since 2010, the program has operated from an initial appropriation of $85 million, and the goal has been to test alternative approaches to distribute aid when schools are not in session. The White House asked for an additional $30 million to continue the effort, but the House bill provides $27 million for what’s described as an entirely new pilot program focused on rural areas only.

    Democrats were surprised to see urban children were excluded. And the GOP had some trouble explaining the history itself. But a spokeswoman confirmed that the intent of the bill is a pilot project in “rural areas” only.


  26. 86 desertflower
    May 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Morning everyone!!

    LOLGOP @LOLGOP · 26m
    The Tea Party is unpopular.

    The GOP is unpopular.

    Repeal is unpopular.

    But Republicans are unstoppable!

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Gooooood morning DF!

      • 88 desertflower
        May 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

        Good morning to you! I missed all the wonderful visit from cousin Henry yesterday! Always so wonderful when he stops by to say hello…but this time was even BIGGER:) I can look around this weekend and see if I have anything that I can pass along to him for the BHO Visitor’s Center:) Is there a time limit? I am busier than busy right now with tomorrow being the last day of school for the kiddos….sure would like to be able to send him a little something for display and posterity!

        • May 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

          Ah DF, I’m sure Henry would be thrilled to get anything from you, any time at all! He said the center is opening in two weeks, but I’m sure they’d be grateful to get items whenever people are able to send them.

          • 90 desertflower
            May 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

            Thanks:) I’ll scrounge around when school is over and see what I can find.Let’s see…something special in the recess’ of my closet, or shared on display for the world to see? 🙂

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

      And the Clinton’s are not king and queen of the world. Morning Chips, DF and TOD.

  27. 101 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 16m

    why Mitch is in trouble: in deeply red KY *more Dems* voted in (mostly) uncontested primary than Repubs voted in contested primary.

  28. 102 desertflower
    May 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

    This needs to be spread like the manure they are… http://crooksandliars.com/2014/05/koch-brothers-exposed-damning-indictment

    A new documentary featuring the Koch Brothers’ real agenda is set to debut in Washington, D.C., tonight. The Huffington Post discusses that “Koch Brothers Exposed” is a remake of a documentary made just two years ago, with updates on their ongoing plans for America. The one-hour film focuses hard on how the Koch Brothers advance their agenda under the guise of libertarianism, while hurting real people.

    t’s long been known that the only agenda the Koch Brothers really care about is their own. They’re billionaires; owners of the mighty fossil fuel empire Koch Industries. So of course, it shouldn’t be surprising that they don’t care about the people they affect, so long as they keep getting richer.

    The Huffington Post article discusses how people in places like the small Arkansas town of Crossett die of cancer due to pollution from plants owned by Koch Industries. The Koch Brothers also successfully ended desegregation policies in a North Carolina school district, which sent children to schools where they knew nobody.

    The Koch Brothers ideals of “freedom” mean freedom for themselves and their fellow rich people, and a severe lack of freedom for anybody who’s dumb enough to not also be billionaires.

    More at the link…AND a video taste of the Koch Bros Exposed updated version

  29. 104 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

    And this points fingers squarely at the GOP congress….not at the Obama WH as Chuck Todd and others have tried to imply…

    • 105 desertflower
      May 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Told ya. I said this when this first came to light. Just something else that has been ongoing that they want to pin on PBO….it’s been YEARS in the making!

  30. 106 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Reid said McConnell is the self-proclaimed “proud guardian of gridlock.”


    “Anyone who watches the Senate on C-SPAN knows the desks are split between Democrats and Republicans,” Reid said. “We should also have a section for obstructionists. … Unfortunately, the obstructionist wing of the Republican Party has now decided to once again block this bill.”


    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/205572-reid-mcconnell-is-the-proud-guardian-of-gridlock#ixzz32MA2VbSk

  31. 107 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Guardian of Gridlock

  32. 108 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

  33. 116 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2014 at 9:35 am


    • 118 derbingleguy
      May 21, 2014 at 9:58 am

      I’ll feel better when McConnell is sitting home next year. He’s a tricky one and I don’t underestimate him.

  34. 119 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Alison Lundergan Grimes Victory Speech


    Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks to supporters following her victory in the Kentucky Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.



  35. May 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

  36. May 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Working with Peanut on her homework last night. One of their worksheets was about Nouns.

    So, then, from somewhere inside, I started to sing to her the Schoolhouse Rock about Nouns, and she just looked at me with this face…

    So, we went to Youtube, and I brought up the Schoolhouse Rock, and she watched her first Schoolhouse Rocks. We watched about five of them….

    cracked me up.

  37. 124 desertflower
    May 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

    BREAKING: eBay Tells Customers to Change Passwords After Database Hacked

    But be worried about the NSA….:)

  38. May 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Sunny and Bo just hangin’ out!

    View this post on Instagram

    Sunny and Bo.

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