If you’re baffled by how Rice isn’t in jail….
















107 Responses to “If you’re baffled by how Rice isn’t in jail….”

  1. September 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t want his karma.

  2. 7 japa21
    September 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Chips. I hope you are satisfied. I took a bite of my sandwich at lunch and there was a hair in it. I think there is a term for people who have that kind of power.

  3. 10 JER
    September 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  4. 11 forus50
    September 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm


    • 12 miss pat
      September 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      For real? Lock her up officer!

    • 14 FoxfireTX
      September 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      “Bachmann readily admitted to arresting officers that she had consumed marijuana that evening, but claimed that she did not know that it was illegal to drive under the influence.” And we all know that she indeed is just that stupid. LOL. It’s so nice to know that we have such intelligent reps running this country–or not.

      • 15 Roberta in MN
        September 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        I reposted on my FB page, being from MN I couldn’t resist. She is such an idijit. Satire or not, it was funny and is justified. 🙂

    • 16 MadameSoph
      September 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      For a minute there, this seemed plausible – I mean, whenever I hear that woman talk I’m thinking, “Is she high?!” 🙂

  5. 19 JER
    September 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

  6. September 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm


    A common complaint about the Beltway press is that journalists obsess over process at the expense of substance. (i.e. Who’s up, who’s down?) Sadly, we’ve now eroded to the point where process journalism has been eclipsed by an even more meaningless pursuit: “optics.”

    Another description for the current press malady is theater criticism. Theater criticism means you don’t offer solutions; you don’t offer insights or analysis. Theater criticism means you simply detail everything the pitch-poor actor does wrong in terms of word choice, inflection and public emotion. (Or golfing.) Analysis is different. It’s more difficult, more rigorous, and it’s much needed.


  7. September 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

  8. September 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    McClownell just waits for this president to make an decision, then he takes another avenue.
    If the president went to congress with a vote first, he would say he isn’t leading and needs to do it on his own.
    This is the game they’re playing.

  9. 28 JER
    September 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    • 29 Melanie
      September 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Chamomile or lemon zinger?

    • September 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Don’t read the responses!

      • 32 carolyn
        September 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        I have figured out that there is a small army of right wing fanatics whose job it is to find everything about PBO on the internet and make negative, nasty remarks. Obviously, they don’t work, are living on food stamps and “gummint” money, but hate everything and everybody. These comments are not representative of the public. These people exist and work to upset us. I’m good at ignoring responses…..most of them are frequently misspelled, and the grammar is horrible from the few I’ve seen. Which substantiates my proposition about who they are.

        • 33 jackiegrumbacher
          September 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

          Carolyn–I wouldn’t be surprised if this ‘army” is actually recruited and paid for their service. There is a lot of money committed to undermining the president and this would be pocket change for the big money guys.

        • 34 dotster3
          September 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

          I’ve figured that out too—–whenever anything is posted about President Obama, there is a nasty reply within seconds! or a flurry of them! I have stopped reading any replies because they’re worthless. Anyone who would want to make any kind of decent comment never bothers because of the obscene ugliness that is already there.

    • September 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      🙂 Oolong. Lovely! Maybe a letter from MP is in that folder. (I had forgotten all about it!)

  10. 38 Linda
    September 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Harvey Levin just slapped Jake the Snake Tapper for saying that TMZ pays for content.

    Harvey said ” And so does CNN and so does everyone else, I know that for a fact. ”

    Jake went silent.

  11. September 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      September 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Bob, I’ve been reading Ben Judah’s tweets after you posted some of them on TOD and he thinks the west should take it very slow on imposing the latest sanctions as it would lead to a quick escalation of a Cold War and this would play into the FSB hands. He thinks we should focus energy on a diplomatic solution, instead. Yet, Putin has proven himself to be such an inveterate liar that I don’t how anyone can trust any promises he makes or compromises he agrees to. Do you think a slow walk on the sanctions is a good approach?

      • September 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm

        Ben Judah offers interesting observations, but, regarding the sanctions and your question – delaying another 24-48 h to determine if RU can stop the attacks on UA soldiers and begin removing their troops and gear seems reasonable. If they launch an attack on Mariupol or expand their attacks in the Luhansk and Donetsk areas, the sanctions should be enacted immediately. Moreover, the sanctions should include restricting RU businesses from access to SWIFT services, imo, i.e., it’s time for some real, immediate-term financial pain for RU.

        • 42 jackiegrumbacher
          September 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

          Thanks, Bob. There is certainly no absence of diplomatic effort on the part of PBO, SOS Kerry and European diplomats, but you can’t negotiation with someone who refuses to listen and doesn’t return the respect you are offering.

          • September 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

            Agree, Jackie. The record is clear – as of today, all Putin has done with the current and earlier CF is use it as an opportunity to strengthen his forces and kill/wound Ukrainian soldiers. The fortitude of the Ukrainian troops and leadership is truly remarkable. We’ll see what happens over the next 24-48 h, but it’s truly a moment to moment situation and any offensive on Mariupol or elsewhere should trigger an avalanche of sanctions, as well as, provisioning of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with as much high-precision weaponry and training as possible. Putin must be stopped – of that there is absolutely no doubt.

  12. 44 JER
    September 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

  13. 48 japa21
    September 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Quick observation.

    Why is the President watsing time with a speech to the American people tomorrow night. From all the “experts” I am reading, it is already determined he is going to start an horrific war with 70 gabillion troops on the ground and , OMG, we’ll be there another 70 years, and he won’t do enough, etc.

    I am still waiting for the time all of these “experts” are correct with all their prognostications of what the President is going to say.

    I wish they would all (and this includes not only the speaking head on TV or the columnists in the emdia, bit also a lot of folks on progressive blogs, would just STFU and actually, you know, wait and see what he has to say and then talk about it.

    This feeding frenzy, all with the intent to criticize the President before he even speaks and turn people against him before he opens his mouth, disgusts me.

    • September 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Ok, shall we contemplate the gasbag critiques on the speech that hasn’t happened yet?

      For starters …..

      – Not enough specifics.
      – What took so long.
      – You call that a strategy.
      – Why no declaration of war?
      – Just a rehash of what we already know from press conferences and interviews.
      – We didn’t learn anything “new”.
      – What about the optics of (fill in the blank)?
      – He only said “Syria” (fill in the blank) number of times.
      – The coalition size is meh.

    • September 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      I share in your disgust, John.

      BTW, I made a little wager with myself (the only betting I ever do :)). Put my money on McConnell and Boehner emerging from the meeting with PBO with a ‘no comment’ type of response when asked. McConnell’s ‘We’ll get back to you’ is darn close; awaiting Boehner’s.

      I had suspected that what they’d get from PBO is a dose of intelligence and operational plans that leave them soiling their undies ….

  14. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

  15. September 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    On the house floor voted to condemn the POTUS?

  16. September 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I think I’m going to explode. 22 Democrats voted to condemn PBO for the Berdahl prisoner swap. OMG.

    • September 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    • 66 arapaho415
      September 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Sad to say my rep is on this list.

      Before 2012 redistricting, my district was an R-4 (Cook Political Index), and with the except of Gerald Ford, my county has voted for the winning President since 1923. With redistricting I think we may lean slightly Dem.

      We replaced the retiring Elton Gallegy (R) who had been in office for 20+ years with a Dem.

      Will contact my rep to let her know that her vote was wrong.

      • September 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

        Thx for the background, arapaho.

      • 68 MadameSoph
        September 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        I am so sad to see Bera on that list. I was just getting ready to give TODers a head’s up that Karl Rove was pouring millions into attack ads in Bera’s district. My cousin lives in Winters and told me he barely won last time. Some other friends in a local tribe up there said he is a good man. WTF? I am so bummed!

  17. September 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  18. 78 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    You still have time to get to the polls today. Please Go Vote!

  19. September 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm


  20. September 9, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Okay, this story is just too good not to share.

    My phone just rang. It was one of our aides. She proceeded to tell me that a patron asked her “Where is that young nice African-American man with the bald head who sits at the reference desk.” Our aide said, “Well, no African-American men work here. And the only man who’s bald is LL, but he’s not black.” The lady exclaimed in surprise “He’s not??” And the punch line? The patron herself was African-American. Our aide, who’s also black, welcomed me to the club.

    File this under “Things Which Happen at the Library.”

  21. September 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

  22. 85 yardarm756
    September 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Wake the f— up ppl!

  23. September 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  24. September 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      September 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Well, Jovie, it’s absolutely shocking that 32 percent do NOT think this is the worst Congress of their lifetime. They are not paying attention.

  25. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    • September 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      • 91 purpleshoesla
        September 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        Beyond maddening. Both Bera (Sacramento County) and Brownley (Ventura County) were newly elected congress people in 2012 — riding PBO’s coattails to victory in 2012; now both up for re-election come November. Bera’s seat is supposedly the most vulnerable Dem House seat this year so I guess he figures this kind of stunt is going to save him. Although I’m not in Ventura County, I only know about and have been following Brownley and sending with a few ducats here and there becuz MY boss has been fundraising for her Repug opponent, Tony Strickland who he thinks is a stand up guy and is clearly NOT. Guess I’m going to be writing her a polite but pointed WTF letter.

      • 95 desertflower
        September 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

        I’m not quite sure how someone that has put put this wonderful and heartfelt ad, could vote like this in this instance. I’ve meet Congresswoman Sinema, spent time with her during 2008 Obama campaign…she is a smart, caring woman. I would love to know her rationale for this vote. I may just call her office.

    • 96 vcprezofan2
      September 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  26. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    We can’t even fall in line during an election season. Honest to goodness the Dems in Congress get on my last nerve.

  27. September 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Ok the republicans are going absolutely fucking crazy today, in particular.

  28. September 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

  29. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    September 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    All these simpletons just did was give the Republicans another talking point for this falls election. I can see the ads now….Bipartisan Congress agrees that this President is acting as a King and then they list the 22 dummies that voted with them.

    I guess I need to go for a walk. This just disgusts me. I see very little loyalty for this President. I am angry beyond words right now!

  30. 102 Linda
    September 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    GOPer Doubles Down On Excessive Black Voting Complaint: I Prefer ‘Educated Voters’

    The Georgia state senator who ranted about excessive black voting and vowed to fight a move to expand early voting in DeKalb County defended his remarks on Facebook, saying that he would rather have more educated voters than an increase in the total number of voters.

    “I do agree with Galloway and I never claimed to be nonpartisan,” Millar wrote. “I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters. If you don’t believe this is an efort [sic] to maximize Democratic votes pure and simple, then you are not a realist.


    • 103 Sandy1110
      September 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Gotta love the code.

      “Educated” voters, unlike his lily-white base, wouldn’t vote for him to keep them poor and ignorant.

  31. September 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    And then there’s these mofos:

  32. September 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

  33. September 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

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