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  1. February 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm


  2. 8 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I ❤ This Toon. Perfect.
    Au ⭐ for Chips, Yes!

  3. 17 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

  4. 20 JER
    February 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

  5. 24 Judith Fardig
    February 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Wishing TOD a very happy Barackiversary!

  6. February 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Daniel-walking time, see ya in a bit!!

  7. 32 amk for obama
    February 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    friggin bjp is blaming the voters now. #romneyesque. amazing.

    • 33 japa21
      February 10, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      Well that would be correct. Of course blaming the voters for being smart doesn’t sound good.

      • 34 amk for obama
        February 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        I have been watching the teevee ‘debates’ since morning. The spox for winners, aap, are young, articulate, gracious and say ‘no, this is not a ‘referendum’ on modi (even though he and his party minions made it one), we are humbled and at the same time frightened by massive mandate, we will do our best to meet those expectations etc.. The total losers, congress (0), have also been gracious to the winners saying congrats guyz & galz, you did a fab job, we need to learn something from you, best of luck for your govt etc.

        But bjp, since the morning have been mocking aap saying let’s see if they govern at all, no, it’s not a referendum on modi, look, he won just eight months ago !!! (without realizing you are only as good as your last win in politics) and now they have descended to mocking & blaming the voters saying they fell for aap’s populist rhetoric, aap can’t really govern, they made sky-high promises they can’t keep and blah, blah.

        guess rw’ers are of the same mould and mentality world over (can’t handle defeats, can’t be gracious ever, belittle their opponents even if those opponents win democratically win etc.)

  8. February 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Morning all.

    Took a break this weekend from the intertubes, as I’ve been helping the missus with her job search.

    Her interview yesterday went well, but it wasn’t quite what was advertised. It was in fact an agency, but one that has fulltime work on various shifts. The interviewer sent her notes up to her superior, so hopefully the missus will get a call soon for a 2nd interview.

    Really going to lay low for a bit as we plow ahead with getting her a fulltime job. I bowed out of the union bargaining unit as I just didn’t have enough time or energy for it with my other commitments. I will keep you all posted, and hopefully soon will have good news.

  9. February 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    And as an addendum, there are a LOT more healthcare jobs with Obamacare.

    • 45 donna dem 4 obama
      February 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      • February 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

        for “red” up above…

        3. “Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.” And, “[Saddam Hussein is] a threat because he is dealing with al Qaeda.” These two Bush remarks go hand in hand, even though the first was said on March 17, 2003, two days before Bush launched the invasion of Iraq, and the other came during a November 7, 2002, press conference. Together they represented his argument for war: Hussein possessed actual weapons of mass destruction and at any moment could hand them to his supposed partners in al Qaeda. That is why Hussein was an immediate threat to the United States and had to be taken out quickly. But neither of these assertions were truthful….The best information to date indicates that the prewar intelligence did not leave “no doubt” about WMDs and did not support Bush’s claim that Hussein was in cahoots with al Qaeda. Bush’s primary reason for war was founded on falsehoods.”

        could go on and on. and of course, we could start with the blatant lies from dick cheney that continue to this day, and why in the world was the vice president seeming to be the leader and most vocal person throughout all that time. strange days indeed. of course we know jake tapper and his pals like chuck todd will make sure this kind of thing never happens again…yea right….

        • February 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

          plus, most who paid attention back then knew, and has been shown many times since then, that saddam and al Qaeda were enemies. we were saying it at the time, yet “journalists” such as judy miller, tim russet and so on just keeping repeating the lies nonstop.

      • 49 hopefruit2
        February 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

        Sorry about that – not sure what happened, but if you click on Donna’s post, you will see the entire convo and how it got started. 🙂

  10. 50 amk for obama
    February 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    aap spox is talking what PBO has been saying, India is not and has never been a capitalist country, we have always been for equitable distribution of resources like water & electricity and weaker sections need to be ‘subsidized’ (throwing the phrase back at the face of an I-got-mine-why-should-I-help-you oldie). I really hope they succeed and set an example for the same old, tiresome parties.

  11. 52 amk for obama
    February 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Make No Mistake. This Is Modi’s Defeat

    To understand the scale of the defeat that Modi – who was not just the face and voice of his party’s campaign but its totem as well – has just led his party to, consider this simple statistic: the 3 seats the BJP managed to win under his leadership this time represents a massive 95 per cent drop from the 60 assembly segments he delivered in the 2014 general election, and a 78 per cent fall from what the party’s local leadership managed on its own in December 2013. In that election, Rahul Gandhi, by contrast, had at least managed 20 per cent of the Congress party’s 2009 Lok Sabha tally. His MPs would fit in a bus, people joked at the time. Modi’s MLAs can get around Delhi in an auto-rickshaw.

    Had the BJP won, the party would have exulted in the potency of the Modi wave and the master strategizing of Amit Shah. But now that the Great Leader has failed to get even the meager waters of the Yamuna to make way for his juggernaut, this defeat will be pinned not on his “56-inch chest”, or even on Shah, but on the drooping shoulders of Kiran Bedi and the party’s city leadership. Success in the BJP has not many but only one father; failure, on the other hand, can never be his fault.


    Why did these voters leave the BJP and go over to the AAP? Because eight months of Modi rule at the Centre have made it clear that while the BJP makes vague announcements for the poor, it delivers concrete results for the corporate sector. Like the ordinance which makes it easier for the land of farmers and adivasis to be acquired and made over to industry. Like labour laws and environmental reform which makes it easier for industry to violate existing standards. The citizens of Delhi may not have experienced what these changes mean, but they are clever enough to realise the development being pursued isn’t quite inclusive.


    gunnite. It’s been a long day. #buthappy.

    • February 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Very happy for you, amk, and for your fellow citizens. Hope you have a good rest.

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      February 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks for explaining this, AMK. Is there any way of shortening Modi’s five year tenure if the Indian people become deeply unhappy with him, or, do they just have to endure it until it’s over?

      • 55 amk for obama
        February 10, 2015 at 9:49 pm

        with the brute majority his party got in the parliament and his tight grip on his party (all senior leaders have either been sidelined or kicked upstairs), he is safe for another 5 years.

  12. 56 amk for obama
    February 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    last one.

    aap – How we won. And won convincingly. Lesson for US pols and ours as well.


  13. 57 JER
    February 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    VP Biden now…

  14. 58 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  15. 60 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  16. 61 Gazelle
    February 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    [Sometimes one can only “smh”! Jeebus!]

    A Saudi Arabian historian trying to justify the nation’s ban on female drivers says women who drive in other countries such as the United States don’t care if they’re raped and that sexual violence “is no big deal” to them.”

    Saleh Al-Saadoon claimed in a recent TV interview that women can be raped when a car breaks down, but unlike other countries, Saudi Arabia protects its women from that risk by not allowing them to drive in the first place, according to a translation posted online by the Middle East Media Research Institute. […..]


  17. 63 Linda
    February 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Freshman Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) on Monday announced that he hired former Senate staffer Katy Talento, who claims that some forms of birth control cause abortion.

    Talento, who will serve as a legislative director for Tillis, wrote in The Federalist that “chemical birth control causes abortions” and can lead to miscarriages.

    During his Senate campaign against former Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Tillis announced his support for over-the-counter birth control, which likely contradicts Talento’s views on contraception.

    Sure….but does she have to wash her hands after using the bathroom ?

  18. 65 Linda
    February 10, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Joni Ernst: Vaccines Should Be Outlawed As They “Manipulate Brains,” Make People More Liberal

    Shell asked Ernst to clarify her statement, to which the Senator offered a lengthy reply. “When I was a kid, I didn’t have vaccinations. My parents couldn’t afford them. But one of my neighbors, his parents got him vaccinated.

    Now, we grew up in the same town, went to the same schools, attended the same church, we even served in the military together. We’re practically the same, right? But he’s a liberal democrat. He voted for Obama both times and he has a Hillary Clinton sticker on his pickup truck. He supports welfare and the gays. I’m not saying the vaccinations made him more liberal, but the vaccinations made him more liberal, do you get what I’m saying?”


    • 66 Sandy1110
      February 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Sounds like something out of the Borowitz Report.

      Good job, Iowa!

    • 67 EricFive
      February 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      “Vaccines are dangerous. They manipulate brains. And I think Congress should investigate vaccines and outlaw them, because they definitely, you know, they make people vote a certain way, and that’s voter intimidation.” This is a direct quote from Senator Ernst. By far some of the dumbest shit I have ever heard. I guess that so long as you are a republican (and blindly support the interests of the Owners) the media has to give merit to your arguments, no matter how insane, on any and every topic. When did the “extremely stupid” become a protected class in this country. This is the real political correctness, i.e., it is unacceptable to confront a republican’s stupidity, even when it jeopardizes the health and welfare of the country. This country had better wake up and fast or we are screwed.

        • 69 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          February 10, 2015 at 4:24 pm


      • 70 arapaho415
        February 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        “Extremely stupid” as a protected class is one thing. But Ernst received the lion’s share of Iowa votes for Senate.

        I have a lot of respect for Iowans and farmers, but I think Braley lost the Iowa election because of an unforced error, and extremely stupid (on his part) put down of Chuck Grassley, suggesting that Grassley wasn’t qualified as a Iowa Senator because he was a farmer, not a lawyer.

        So I guess Iowans were forced to cast a vote between dumb and dumber.

        • 71 jackiegrumbacher
          February 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

          Arapaho, I understand the reasoning, but voting for Ernst was the equivalent of self immolation for Iowans. I hope they will begin to see what they’ve done and make sure they never again throw their vote away like this. In the meantime, NOW is not too early for Democrats to identify a Senate candidate for 2020 and groom that person to be a formidable opponent to the crazy one.

    • 72 Nerdy Wonka
      February 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      It’s a hoax. She never said that.

  19. 73 Nena20409
    February 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm

  20. 75 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

  21. 77 MadameSoph
    February 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Just wanted to step in and say hello TOD!

    Thank you Chips for this place to come to and check in on PBO!

    I really enjoyed the interview with PBO re Dean Smith on the last thread.

    O.k. Back to lurking!

  22. 78 Gazelle
    February 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    [Ugggh! Thought he’d disappeared.]

    LILLE, France, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court on Tuesday he did not know the women at “festive and playful” sex parties he attended were prostitutes, saying that would have been too risky given his then-role as head of the IMF.

    Strauss-Kahn, 65, is accused of instigating about a dozen parties he knew involved prostitutes from 2008 to 2011 in the northern French city of Lille, Paris, Washington and Brussels. […..]


  23. 79 Gazelle
    February 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    [OMG! Apologies if this has already been posted! These Repubs love to project. Boooby is a dumbass. He’s talking about his white portrait.]

    “I think this whole thing is silly. I think the left is obsessed with race,” he said. “I think the dumbest thing we can do is to try to divide people by the color of their skin. The left is devoid of ideas and this is unfortunately what they’re resorted to – name-calling…. This is nonsense. We’re all Americans.”


    [Ha ha hah ha ha hah hah ha!]

  24. 80 carolyn
    February 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Good morning all. Taught this morning, then had other obligations, so just now got to read through this morning’s threads. Wow! What riches. Thanks to those who posted PBO’s announcement eight years ago!!! I watched the entire segment, thrilling once again. He is SO consistent. Everything he talked about then, he has been working on since 2009. Amazing. SO GLAD we had the sense to elect him twice.

    There will never be another presidential run announcement like that one…..thoughtful, reasoned, visionary, hopeful, deep. He was authentic and real then, and he is authentic and real now. He knew WHY he was running, and it was not just so he could say he held the office. No one running today has an idea, as far as I’m concerned, of WHY they should be president. These people need to go out alone and think and rake their consciences before saying another word. If they do not know WHY they want to be president, what they plan to DO that is good for the country, they should all shut up. I shudder to think where we would be as a country, and as a world, if we had not been smart enough to elect this man!

    The only thing that has changed about him is his tailor. He now is beautifully tailored…..and he deserves it!!!

  25. 81 FoxfireTX
    February 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Anyone who hasn’t seen the full Vox interview with PBO, you’re really missing out! http://www.vox.com/a/barack-obama-interview-vox-conversation/obama-interview-video

    I don’t recall an interview where we’ve really gotten a chance to see just how this incredible man thinks. We are sooo fortunate to have him leading us during these difficult years. He is just so smart, which I suspect is a big part of his problems with the Repubs. I don’t know that any of them can begin to even follow his train of thought, and just where it may take us next. We need more than two more years of his leadership:-(

    February 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm


  27. 86 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  28. 87 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  29. 89 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    • 90 carolyn
      February 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      The Yemeni embassy in Washington, D..C. was just a few blocks north of the church I attended. One Sunday we heard shots from the embassy. This kind of situation is not new with them.

  30. 91 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  31. 92 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

  32. 94 Judith Fardig
    February 10, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    The RWNJs just can’t get over the President’s prayer breakfast truth telling. He’s an actual Christian who respects other faiths. They just pretend to be Christian. All major religions have so-called believers who have perverted the message and done heinous things in the name of their god.

    • 95 EricFive
      February 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Humility is not a quality and self-reflection is not an activity that is compatible with the White supremist mindset of which “Christian supremacy” is often connected. The belief in one’s “superiority” must be protected from facts and realities that contradict that belief or it will crumble. Self-reflection would lead one to realize that no one is perfect and that people are people, regardless of faith or race or nationality. White supremacy/Christian supremacy are fantasies that the mentally weak among us cling to in an effort to obtain a sense of self worth. Any self worth that is dependent on looking down of those that are different is truly “fools gold”. In addition, notice how angry those who hold white supremist views get when confronted with contradictory FACTS. It is a blow to their world view and creates a fearful panic in those so afflicted.

    • 96 GGail
      February 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Good Lawd Chuck, the Prayer Breakfast was Feb. 5th. “Let it Gooooooo” “Let it Gooooo”

      I know President Obama has moved on to many important issues since then.

      Get a life brother!

  33. 97 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    My POTUS will do everything to tone down the wackos out there, even when they are expansionists and aggressors like Putin.

  34. 98 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    And this for your afternoon pleasure!

  35. February 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm

  36. 101 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm

  37. 102 GGail
    February 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    During my lunch break, I was scrolling through Time online and came across this picture-article. The more I scrolled through the pictures, the more incredulous I became. Take a look and tell me if the thought….”where are they?” doesn’t cross your mind too…


    • 103 arapaho415
      February 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Haven’t gotten past photo #1 (this is why I *hate* photo galleries — hard to scroll through when you’re multi-tasking, LOL), but heartwarming to me to see “It happened one night” as the first pic.

      I don’t see a lot of movies, and missed a lot of classics because VCRs weren’t affordable until the 1980s.

      Can still remember when I saw this movie — visiting one of my best friends (who sadly died of the AIDs scourge in the 1980s — yes, he was gay) at UC Santa Barbara, just loved this movie so much — with the “walls of Jericho” come tumblin’ down, and how much chemistry there was between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

      That was a perfect night in Isla Vista. Sigh.

  38. 104 Linda
    February 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Jeb Bush just dumped emails, home addresses, and social security numbers of Florida residents online

    ( Also very personal information contained in some of the e-mails )


    • 106 jackiegrumbacher
      February 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Linda, this is the equivalent of Jeb Bush announcing to the world that he’s a stupid fool who is too incompetent to understand the consequences of his actions. I hope those whose personal information he revealed sue him for all he’s worth.

      • 107 Linda
        February 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        I have been saying that I doubt he could even win Florida .

        The Terri Schiavo case and his signing of the First Stand Your Ground Law will be tough to overcome, and now this !

  39. 108 No Child Left Behind
    February 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    These fools cannot govern, neither themselves not anything else.

    • 109 No Child Left Behind
      February 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      • 110 jackiegrumbacher
        February 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

        GOP leaders in the House and Senate seem to have gone to the Laurel and Hardy school of governing. As the house falls down around them, they point at each other and say, “It’s his fault” “No, it’s HIS fault” and on and on. This is what happens when less than one third of the electorate chooses to vote.

        • February 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

          Is this the kind of leadership Americans wanted when they sat at home on their butts November 4th and allow these Republicans to take control of the Senate? . The Republicans have not shown that they can govern.

      • 112 Linda
        February 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        McConnell should pass a clean bill….Boehner will have to deal with it then.

      • 113 arapaho415
        February 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

        Schadenfreude, big time.


  40. February 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    • 117 carolyn
      February 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….Bibi needs to figure out that he is NOT an American citizen, nor a Senator, nor a Congresscritter, nor that he is appreciated in 99.9% of America!!!!!

  41. February 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

  42. February 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    “In other words, just as our history shows with slavery and Jim Crow, the best way to defeat the ISIS extremists is for the Muslim world to organize against their terrorism. Conservative attempts to malign all Muslims for the actions of those extremists would actually distract and block that from happening. Just as Malcolm X’s hajj to Mecca opened his eyes to the fact that not all white people are inherently evil, Christian conservatives would do well to acknowledge the basic humanity of Muslims who are willing to fight the extremism of ISIS.”

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