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  1. 6 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Ha. Jonathan Capehart blocked me? Oops.

    • 7 TrumpDog
      February 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Oh, wow. Why?

    • 9 57andfemale
      February 12, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Probably not. Sometimes they block a whole thread of something and you get caught in the loop.

      Unless you took on Capeheart…….

    • February 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Don’t feel bad JO’B! Capehart blocked me way back in 2012 – after I called him out on some crap-ass punditry in which he tried to suggest that Romney could win the Presidency in 2012 with the same “Under the radar” strategy that George Pataki used to win the NY gubernatorial race in 1994.

      Incidentally, Joy-Ann Reid also blocked me last year after I called her out for a similar reason.

      I’m blocked by most of the WHPC except Mark Knoller and possibly Jon Karl (not even sure). Of course Laura Rozen blocked me after I lambasted her for using BIBI to attack PBO for not appearing at that #JeSuisCharlie photo-op mess….

      I wear my “blocks” like a badge of honor, because trust me, I’m better off being blocked by anyone who blocks me because they don’t want to hear the truth about their bullshhit.

  2. 17 Nena20409
    February 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Congrats Vetivera24 on your Gold ⭐

  3. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Good for Mayor Nutter! And it’s only MMXV!

    • 26 No Child Left Behind
      February 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Great for Philly!

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      February 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      If Hillary wins the nomination, Ed Rendell will strut around like a peacock and will personally wipe every street clean that she chooses to walk on. If it’s someone else, he will act the sore loser and say negative things about the Democratic Party and the nominee. The only one who could put the lid on this is Tom Wolf, but I doubt he will because it’s not in his best interest to pick a fight with the guy.

      • 28 jacquelineoboomer
        February 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        Ed Rendell is the nastiest kind of has-been-wannabee-never-was creature still walking around! Always irks me when Rev. Al and others have him on their shows. I like to think his influence in Philly isn’t that great now, but there are others of his old crony group still walking around, too. Ugh.

        • 29 jackiegrumbacher
          February 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          JOB, he so desperately wants to be in a Clinton administration that he will do literally anything to get there, no matter who gets hurt in the process or how slavering he has to behave. It is now and always has been about him.

  4. 31 TrumpDog
    February 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I just can’t get over how cool this man is. He so rocks.
    I love my president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Obama!

  5. 32 Nena20409
    February 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Climate continues to Change…….while we humans pollute and star the earth 24/7

  6. 36 Vicki
    February 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    If anybody missed it, on previous thread wonderful remarks by Vice President Biden were made in Iowa today.

  7. February 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    “I am not surprised by the Chapel Hill murders, as horrific as they are. Considering rising Islamophobia across the country, coupled with the rise of violent extremism overseas, I have been braced for such an attack. Every day for the past few years I’ve felt trepidation as I send my daughters to their Islamic school. Muslims have been attacked, mosques have been attacked, and I cannot help but wonder when an Islamic school will be attacked.

    But I still send them every day, refuse to give in to fear, and refuse to accept that Muslims do not have a place and future, as we have had a long past, in America. While the deaths of Deah, Yusor, and Razan will always haunt us, their short but exemplary lives, committed to service, should guide our hope. While times are not easy for Muslims in America, thousands of such extraordinary young American Muslims exist across the country, serving the needy, leading social justice campaigns, developing innovative and creative ways to raise their voices above the ugliness. Justice for the slain students means not only prosecuting their culprit, but also breaking the silence about anti-Muslim bigotry that allows hate to fester, and honoring their legacy by embracing future generations of Muslims in this country.”

    Really worth reading and note that the author provides extensive embedded annotations in her accurate analysis.

    • 38 57andfemale
      February 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      And then I read this today:

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      February 12, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      America bears the deep shame of not rising up against the steady drumbeat of anti-Muslim hatred from our media, politicians or fellow citizens. Silence and indifference are ways of condoning extremist hatred and it empowers the haters to speak more loudly and act more forcibly. I used to wonder how Germans stood by and let all the anti-Jewish propaganda go on without protest or outrage, but now I understand how easy it is for people to keep silent, turn their heads, not get involved or risk retaliation. We’ve become a nation of cowards who allow the worst among us to hold the microphones or fill our public offices. This cowardice, indifference, silence and complicity did not end well for Germany in the 30’s and 40’s and it won’t end well for the US.

    • 40 99ts
      February 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Sometimes I am frustrated in not being able to express my thoughts – this is just perfect as how I felt when I first saw the news of these young ones being killed. I find it very similar to the rising hate that led to the attack on Gabby Giffords. Hate gets imbedded in people’s minds and combined with the easy access to weapons, death is too often the result.

  8. 41 Nena20409
    February 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      February 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      As a child in New York, we always got Lincoln’s birthday off from school and then George Washington’s later in the month. Two holidays in one month always took the sting out of its being still winter.

    • 43 jacquelineoboomer
      February 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I have never seen ol’ Abe with spiked hair before. Love it! Ha.

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        February 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        And he did it all without gel, JOB. He was just naturally hip.

        • 45 jacquelineoboomer
          February 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

          Yes, he was. Ha. Believe it was a young girl (or a woman, but in any event) who once wrote him to suggest he grow a beard to look better. I’d say his original hipness worked fine!

  9. 46 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Oh, God:


    “Tom Cotton is Ted Cruz with a war record, Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree, Chris Christie with a Southern accent — a force to be reckoned with. He may sound like he’s speaking gibberish to you or to me when he asks why there were no prisoners in Guantánamo before the prison existed, but to the Republican base he’s speaking their language as clear as day and it will fit nicely on a bumper sticker: “Let ‘em rot.”

    And it won’t be long until he’s running for president.”

  10. 49 Nena20409
    February 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm


    “The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.”

    While speaking at an event in Minnesota in September, Ginsburg called the shift in Americans’ attitude on gay marriage “remarkable.”

    “Having people close to us who say who they are — that made the attitude change in this country,” Ginsburg said.

  11. February 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    How Black Middle-Class Kids Become Poor Adults
    Once they’ve grown up, African American children are more likely than their white counterparts to backslide into a lower economic group.
    JAN 19 2015, 7:40 AM ET

    When it comes to financial stability, black Americans are often in much more precarious financial situations than white Americans. Their unemployment rate is higher, and so is the level of poverty within the black community. In 2013, the poverty rate among white Americans was 9.6 percent, among black Americans it was 27.2 percent. And the gap between the wealth of white families and black families has widened to its highest levels since 1989, according to a 2014 study by Pew Research Center.

    The facts of this rift aren’t new, or all that surprising. But perhaps what’s most unsettling about the current economic climate in black America is that when black families attain middle-class status, the likelihood that their children will remain there, or do better, isn’t high.

    “Even black Americans who make it to the middle class are likely to see their kids fall down the ladder,” writes Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. In a recent blog post Reeves says that seven out of 10 black children who are born to families with income that falls in the middle quintile of the income spectrum will find themselves with income that’s one to two quintiles below their parents’ during their own adulthood.

    A 2014 study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which looked at factors like parental income, education, and family structure, shows a similar pattern: Many black Americans not only fail to move up, but show an increased likelihood of backsliding. According to the study, “In recent decades, blacks have experienced substantially less upward intergenerational mobility and substantially more downward intergenerational mobility than whites.”

    The greater probability of slipping back applies to blacks across income groups. According to the Fed study, about 60 percent of black children whose parents had income that fell into the top 50 percent of the distribution saw their own income fall into the bottom half during adulthood. This type of downward slide was common for only 36 percent of white children.


    • 51 0388jojothecat
      February 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      I agree and see this is my own family. My aunt and uncle had the American dream, they owned two homes, raised four kids and were clearly middle class. They were fortunate to buy homes with low interest rates under the G.I. Bill, they had good union jobs with fairly good wages considering my uncle did not graduate from high school and my aunt completed high school. None of her boys graduated from college and only one went to community college. Two out of the four were above average intelligence and if they wanted too could have gone to college and graduated. Two sons got into drugs and gangs, one is dead the other is almost 45yrs old, lost his home from foreclosure and is in rehab somewhere. One son went into the Navy and is in his 50’s doing ok the other will be 60 and is making a good living but never had interest in becoming a home owner. The oldest son’s son has been in prison for over 20 yrs for selling drugs across state lines. His daughter graduated from college and is doing fine. In contrast my Mom and Dad divorced when her four kids were very young. Due to being from a single low wage earner parent my brother and I graduated from college and are in the middle class, my oldest brother got a good paying union job and retired with a fairly good pension. My other brother went into the Navy and is working and is in the middle class. My father had a good job but rarely paid child support and at times we were on welfare. I think that is why a lot of AA boomer’s who were able to go to college got State and Federal jobs or Union jobs. The private sector jobs that I had did not pay well and discriminated in pay to minorities for doing the same job. I was paid much less than the white male that had my job and he was promoted faster. I think that AA really need to encourage their kids to go to college and major in something where they can create their own businesses, learn to delay gratification, buy property, gain and retain wealth. Too many are smart but want fancy cars, jewelry, fake hair, etc. In contrast I met a very nice hard working Italian American who had six kids, she did not work, he was able to buy two properties and used the appreciation to borrow and go into business. None of his kids went to college but were able to get jobs or work for themselves because he taught his sons plumbing and building. One son got his plumbing license and owns his own business, another son got his contractor’s license and has his own business, the youngest two son’s learned computers and got a good job with a software company and although he has no college degree works on computers. His daughter got a nursing certificate and the youngest worked as a dental assistant and got her dental hygienist certificate plus both married well—deputy sheriff and real estate agent. There is just more opportunities if you are white even with no degree. No degree and you are a minority you will live in poverty because there are very few union jobs unless you know someone and working a government job is no longer a way for job security and advancement.

  12. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    February 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    • 53 Linda
      February 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Prescott Bush was indicted under the Trading with the Enemy Act….regardless that he only owned one share of the Bank Stock.

      • 54 Don
        February 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        Wasn’t the stock called “Rubistics”? I think Tony Soprano had Christopher working a stock scam in a episode of “The Sopranos”.

  13. 56 Linda
    February 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Definition of insanity: McConnell plans fourth doomed vote to fund Homeland Security

    Why is McConnell letting Boehner push him around ?

    • 57 EricFive
      February 12, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      They have to demonstrate to the insane GOP caucus that they tried as hard as they could to fuck with PBO (by fighting his Executive Action regarding immigration) before they eventually cave. GOP = governing as performace art.

  14. 59 arapaho415
    February 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Love all the @VP tweets and responses here on the previous thread.

    Especially love @JenniferJJacobs’ tweets — thanks JER for posting!

    Not only is our MSM bloodthirsty (view any WHPB as your schedule permits), dumb (listen to @JonKarl and @EdHenryTV — the plants outside have more going on intellectually than those two), in the pockets of the GOP/Comcast/Kochs, but they seem to think that whatever happened in 2007/2008 is a blueprint for 2016.

    They have written off Joe Biden as a candidate — that bloodthirsty greedy Cheney was an anomaly as a VP when he declined to run — and prop up the equally bloodthirsty and greedy HRC. I’m surprised they haven’t floated Rudy Giuliani’s as a frontrunner.

    The Obama Coalition wants to see PBO’s foresight and strategy implemented, not obstructed! And the American people would too if they would shut off the firehose of nonsense and speculation that fuels our so-called media.

  15. 60 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    In case anyone at TOD had any doubt, I loathe McTurtle:

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday he would support Carter’s nomination—with a caveat.

    “But my support is conditioned on this request: the incoming secretary needs to have the courage to speak truth to power,” McConnell said on the floor. “To Congress, yes. But also to his commander in chief.”

  16. 70 Nena20409
    February 12, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    • 71 Don
      February 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      This state judge in Alabama reminds me of Captain Terrill from “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, this fucker just won’t stop.

  17. 72 Dudette
    February 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  18. 73 Dudette
    February 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    • 74 Dudette
      February 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Today’s earworm! [You’re welcome!]

        • 76 Don
          February 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

          Thank you, Linda, I love this song, it reminds me of people that I’ve known that lost their lives but lived with dignity.

      • 77 arapaho415
        February 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        Another example of how lazy our MSM is.

        One of the CBS radio network news broadcasts said that next year would be a great year for Philly — not only the DNC, but the Pope is visiting.

        Uh, hello??? The Pope visits the US in September of this year, not next.

        Can’t rely on them to get the facts straight on the simplest matters…

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  21. 82 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm

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  23. 88 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  24. 89 Vicki
    February 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    GOP to hold signing ceremony for Keystone XL bill that passed House and Senate.

    Before or after Not-Our-President gives a passionate foreign policy speech to the Insane Body formerly known as the Legislative Branch of the US Government?

    What will it take to stop these disgraceful stunts?

  25. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    February 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Ha! That Buzzfeed Video has had 11.8Million views on Facebook. Way to go WH social team!!!!

  26. February 12, 2015 at 6:19 pm

  27. 106 donna dem 4 obama
    February 12, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Is anyone else as shocked as I am that the Republicans in the Senate didn’t overturn the filibuster rule when they took over in January?

    You couldn’t have convinced me that they wouldn’t have done this at the first chance they got. 😯

    • 107 Vicki
      February 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      The most extreme of them—Labrador and Huelscamp are calling for McConell to employ the nuclear option.
      McC resisting this call just as Harry Reid did.
      GOP not enjoying shoe on the other foot part of their so-called great victory.

      Plus, TY Donna for attempting to calm me down.

  28. 108 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  29. 110 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

  30. 111 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    President Obama is scheduled to arrive at SFO in about 2 hours.

  31. 113 Linda
    February 12, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    The Media Wakes Up And Busts John Boehner On His Homeland Security Lie


    cspan video at link.

    This man is a buffoon……

  32. 114 Linda
    February 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    GOP Consultant Pleads Guilty In First Super PAC Coordination Conviction

    WASHINGTON — A Republican Party political operative pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally coordinating with a super PAC while he ran a congressional campaign in the 2012 election.

    Tyler Harber, 34, campaign manager for Virginia Republican congressional candidate Chris Perkins, used a super PAC he created to spend $325,000 to support Perkins’ campaign against incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). Perkins lost the race to Connolly by 25 percentage points.

    Harber is the first person convicted of illegal coordination between a political campaign and a super PAC. Super PACs are registered political committees that can raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions or individuals so long as they do not coordinate the content or conduct of their spending with political campaigns or parties they aim to support. These groups were created after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and a subsequent lower court ruling based on that Citizens United ruling.


    Good…now there is precedent . I hope we see more of this.

  33. 116 Vicki
    February 12, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I confess that I don’t know what Android is, but the commercial with the inter-species friendships is just lovely.

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